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The remarkable history

of naval aviation


Putting aeroplanes onto ships transformed naval warfare as radically as the gun and the steam engine. Naval vessels could now be protected from the air and targets many miles from the ship could be reached.  The Royal Navy, bastion of comfortable tradition, had suddenly become the pioneer of a revolutionary new approach to warfare, ushering in an era of huge technological innovation and individual courage as the challenge of landing aircraft on ships at sea was confronted.

Operating aircraft in harsh maritime environments also led to an ethos of overcoming problems with practical and often ingenious solutions. The Royal Navy led the way in technological innovation: catapults and arrester wires on ships’ decks, the mirror landing sight, the angled flight deck, the ski-jump and ultimately the Vertical/Short Take Off and Landing (V/STOL) Sea Harrier.

Find out more about the unrivaled heritage of the Fleet Air Arm.

Battle Honours

Outstanding actions against the enemy


Incredible bravery and gallantry

D Day 80

Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day landings

Taranto 80

The daring attack on the Italian Battle Fleet at Taranto

Battle of the Atlantic 80

The 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic

Bismarck 80

80 years since the sinking of the Bismarck

Falklands 40

Remembering the Falklands conflict 40 years on

Channel Dash

18 men protected by fabric challenged 4,000 shielded by armour plate

Battle of Britain 80

Paying tribute to the 56 Naval aviators in the Battle of Britain

VE Day 75

A nation remembers

VJ Day 75

Marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day